Louise Nichols

Senior journalist

From cattle to coal. Once a specialist agriculture writer today its about community, in particular, the Upper Hunter. I have lived and worked in the region for more than 30 years. Land use issues and the future direction of our region. But you cannot take ag out of the picture - our food and how we grow it is the basis of all life. Covering the Hunter and Mid North Coast rural issues is now part of my role with Fairfax Media.

Latest Stories

Huey sends it down

Huey sends it down

The region has been transformed from a dust bowl to a lush, if slightly waterlogged, food bowl thanks to a timely seasonal break in the weather.  

Land Council claim for Wallaby Scrub Road

Land Council claim for Wallaby Scrub Road

In a further twist in the saga involving the future of Wallaby Scrub Road Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council has made a land claim for the roadway.  

River water ‘eats’ foot valve

River water ‘eats’ foot valve

Singleton farmer Ray Burgmann is concerned about the quality of the irrigation water he pumps daily from the Hunter River.  

Hay, wire, posts and volunteers

Hay, wire, posts and volunteers

Initial aim was to donate a 100 bales hay, result 22 trucks laden with hay and fencing materials.  

Anglo disappointed with PAC

Anglo disappointed with PAC

Anglo American is considering options for it Drayton and Drayton South coal mining assets in the Hunter Valley.  

Bushfire assistance on its way

Bushfire assistance on its way

Fire relief hay run-Scone has 22 trucks heading out to the Sir Ivan bushfire affected properties on Sunday carrying donations of fencing material, stock feed and other products.  

Sire plus is I am Invincible

Sire plus is I am Invincible

The hottest stallion in Australia at the moment, given his offspring successes on the racetrack, would most probably be Scone Yarraman Park’s I am Invincible.  

Appeal to raise hope

Appeal to raise hope

Organisers of the Merriwa-Sir Ivan Bushfire Appeal have set their sights on raising $1 million to assist landholders affected by the devastating natural disaster.

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